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30 Mar 2013

Quagliarella: “Pure instinct”

The striker reflects on his sensational opener at the San Siro: “I stopped, saw that I was free and struck towards goal”

Fabio Quagliarella was full of beams after weighing in with a goal and an assist during this afternoon’s 2-1 victory over Inter at the San Siro.

And the striker, who had never previously registered a career goal against the Nerazzurri, was quick to put his 25-yard blockbuster down to the instincts honed by natural goalscorers.  

Speaking after the win, the 29-year-old said: “I’d put the goal down to instinct. I stopped, saw that I was free and kicked towards goal. I’m very happy because it’s good to find the breakthrough in a game against a great team.

“I hugged Anelka because he asked me to in the dressing room. It’s nice to also remember those who are non the bench, in spite of all the work done during the week.”

Quagliarella is hoping his fine performance in Milan and strong record in the Champions League will put him in contention for a starting berth when the Bianconeri take on Bayern Munich on Tuesday night.

But he acknowledges that all the strikers have a part to play in Conte’s rotation system.  

“The manager’s been rotating the strikers for two years now, so we’re all perfectly relaxed about it. Nobody moans when they’re not involved, the most important thing is to ensure you’re ready when your time comes to play.”